26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Hafiz Saeed an official 'terrorist' in Pakistan too

26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Pakistan declares Hafiz Saeed a 'terrorist'
26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Pakistan declares Hafiz Saeed a 'terrorist'

New Delhi : Amid global pressure, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday signed an ordinance to ensure end of several terrorist organisations and its individuals.

In the ordinance, a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) enables the authorities to take action against the UNSC-proscribed individuals and terror outfits. Under this they have rights to seal the offices and freeze bank accounts of the terrorist organisations, the Express Tribune reported.

In a media report, the sources in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) confirmed the new move, saying the ministries of Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs, as well as NACTA's Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) wing were working on the matter.

A spokesperson for President Hussain refused to share further details on the ordinance, saying the defence ministry was the notifying authority.

In the UNSC list of terror outfits, organisations like al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have been listed.

The LeT, which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, was declared "banned" under the UNSC resolution 1267 in 2005.

Saeed, who had recently been released from house arrest, is also looking to contest the 2018 general elections in Pakistan and has, thereby, formed a party by the name of Milli Muslim League (MML).

India has, time and again, protested against Pakistan for harbouring Saeed, who is wanted for plotting the 2008 attack.